Jennifer Bartlett has worked in the tourism sector for over 20 years, beginning with business development and marketing roles in her home country of Australia. Volunteering on tourism projects in Papua New Guinea, Micronesia and Indonesia in 2001 led Jennifer to pursue her passion for sustainable tourism development in emerging destinations. She subsequently consulted on tourism development projects in Australia, PNG, Fiji and Timor-Leste, before joining the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) as Tourism Specialist in 2006.
Jennifer progressed from supporting to managing IFC’s Pacific Tourism Program, working on SME capacity building, access to market, and the business enabling environment across several countries. During this time she led the development of a diagnostic tool to identify impediments to sustainable development of the tourism sector and inform holistic solutions. She oversaw its implementation in PNG, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga, and conducted global pilots in Grenada and Zambia. Jennifer also served as the East Asia Pacific representative on IFCs global tourism Practice Group.
In 2011 Jennifer moved to Washington DC to undertake an IFC leadership assignment where she co-developed a Project Design course, before joining the Sustainable Business Advisory Unit as strategist.
An opportunity to serve as interim COO for the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship Caribbean took Jennifer to Jamaica in 2013, and since then she has consulted on tourism and international development projects from Sydney. She is currently Economic Development Consultant for World Vision, advising on Business Facilitation projects globally.
Jen’s practical experience is supported by a Masters in International Development, a Graduate Certificate in Business (Tourism), a BA in Politics and English and an Assoc. Diploma in Project Management.